Dickens turns 28.
Charles Dickens’s 28th birthday was on 7 February 1840.
New Parliament building.
Foundation stone for the new Houses of Parliament is laid. In October 1834, fire had destroyed most of the rambling complex of buildings at the Palace of Westminster, many dating back to medieval times.
The world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system, the Penny Black, goes on sale.
The Railway Regulation Act (1840) comes into force, an attempt to regulate the fast-growing railway industry in the United Kingdom. The Act included the setting up of a railway inspectorate.